After just two dates on consecutive days in London in July previous year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took what the prince characterized in their official engagement interview as a "huge leap"-they went on vacation together to Botswana".
Harry told BBC's Radio 4 that his fiancée had an "amazing" Christmas with his family.
During the segment, the 33-year-old Prince described Meghan's day with the royal family, saying she had done an "absolutely fantastic job".
Prince Harry and his glamorous fiancee Meghan Markle stepped out with the rest of the royal family for their traditional Christmas morning church service, before spending the rest of the day with the Queen and the family for lunch.
However, it was his next comment that has caused a stir with Meghan's family back in the US.
"She's done an absolutely incredible job, she's getting there and it's the family that, I suppose, she's never had". He dedicated the majority of all his time and everything to her. She got everything she ever wanted.
Their dad Thomas Markle Sr, who lives in Mexico and is yet to meet Harry, would be "extremely hurt" by the comments, he added. "We did the best that we could in terms of getting together for holidays and whatnot", Markle's brother continued.
Some say she landed the role of a lifetime when she met her future husband Prince Harry, but if rumours are to be believed Meghan Markle's run-in with the Prince may have cost her one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood - that of the next Bond girl.
"Our household was very normal and when dad and Doria divorced, we all made it so it was like she had two houses", she wrote.
"Her engagement effectively spelt an end to her acting career so that was the final blow".
Samantha, who denies a rift with her much more famous half-sister, has called Meghan "absolutely lovely".
The pair were again spotted in Botswana in August where they went on safari to celebrate the 36th birthday of Meghan - who visited Rwanda a year ago in her role as a World Vision Global Ambassador. She always did. Our dad is awesome and completely self sacrificing.
Meghan Markle is going have a monumental 2018.